F1 » Tyres the only focus for Vettel


World champion Sebastian Vettel insists that Pirelli's latest compound will be the only thing he concentrates on early in the Spanish GP weekend.

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Name - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 9:40 AM

A tire that was advantages to lesser teams like Lotus and Force India is now rendered a disadvantage to them. Great move Pirelli, now RB will definitely run away with the championship.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:24 AM

@Name
You don't have to worry very much mate. Only the hard tyre is changed a bit. Maybe Lotus and Force India will loose some of their advantage but this would happen anyway because the teams are learning more from the Pirellis as the season progresses. Don't forget that Red Bull has to beat Ferrari too if they want another double title. Now they will be racing in Europe, circuits not designed by Tilke(most of them), and I love very much the European circuits (when I play with my playstation), because they have different characteristics that usually don't suit Red Bull Racing very much(thanks god). Last year Vettel didn't won a single race in Europe.

atxsxsw - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:34 PM

Ferrari has already admitted to being one of the teams that lobbied for changes to the hard tire. And I believe Mercedes has also made a similar comment. Didn't seem like Red Bull had much issue with the hard tires so far.

Wade - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 12:50 PM

Are you joking? Red Bull was one of the main teams that were complaining! Ferrari were one of the teams that were less outspoken. Felipe has admitted that he wanted the tyres changed, not Ferrari.

atxsxsw - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 5:50 PM

I agree that Red Bull has asked for changes to the tires. However, this is about the HARD tires. Red Bull haven't had major issues with the hard tires, or if they did they sure did a good job of hiding it! The 2 races Vettel has won... Sepang (Hard, Medium) and Bahrain (Hard, Medium). The other two races were on the softer tires and were also when we heard Red Bull complaining the loudest.

And yes, it was Massa that I heard saying that he wanted changes to the hard tire and I conflated that with Ferrari requesting it.

Given the Red Bull's success so far on the hard tires, I would argue that changes specifically to the tires that were unique to the two races they won (the hard tires) and not to any of the other compounds would point to someone beside Red Bull being the primary reason for the change.

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